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I’m Not A Messy Person

December 12, 2018 Leave a comment

Christmas CookiesI’m not a messy person.  Seeing things in disarray and disorganized makes me uneasy.  For my own peace of mind, I like to have things organized and in order. The only exception to this rule took place a few years ago when I made Christmas cookies with one of my grandsons.

After getting flour out of my hair, sweeping away the sugary sprinkles from the table and scrubbing icing off the kitchen floor, I asked myself what felt so right about the “messiness” of this activity.

I realized it was the joy of the end result—seeing everyone savoring their favorite Christmas cookie, whether it was the blue snowman with white eyes or the sprinkle-laden gingerbread man with the missing arm. I don’t mind this experience because there was a glorious conclusion.

Christmas can be seen as a “messy” time of year.

As we experience the never-ending hawking of merchandise, the stress of buying and finding gifts for family and friends, or the exhaustion of shopping, traveling, and decorating, we may feel uneasy and disoriented.  Yet, I have to believe during that first Christmas, as Mary and Joseph awaited the birth of their little boy, their lives must have been in total disarray.

They were exhausted after an arduous journey, stranded in a dingy stable, forced to share some hay with a bunch of smelling animals while Mary labored in the pain of childbirth.

Did they enjoy that first Christmas?  I have no doubt it was the most enjoyable moment of their lives.  God had come to earth as Mary and Joseph’s little boy.  The messiness of that stable didn’t matter.  The glorious conclusion was the Joy Of Heaven come to earth.

It’s what makes the “messiness” of Christmas worthwhile.  It’s Emmanuel, “God with us.”

Enjoy Christmas.  God is with you and in you and for you.

“She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14.

Categories: Devotionals
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